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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Thursday, July 5, 2012



All doors open to the wind, the body’s hinges unloosed at the very last: derecho.---From Derecho Ghazal by Luisa A. Igloria, Via Negativa, 07-02-12

Derecho! No a mano, ni izquierda! Derecho.*
It is easy driving at that point of no return.

Go right straight into the night. No rights,
nor lefts, it is a one-way boulevard-–it ends.

When it does end, the end becomes a start
of a shadow life–-remembrances, memories.

They are all there is–they are highways
through doors that do not open anymore.

–Albert B. Casuga

*Straight ahead, no rights, nor lefts. Go straight.

Shelf cloud from the developing derecho in Chicago on June 29, 2012.
Image Credit: NWS Meteorologist Samuel Shea

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